Man Leaves His Own Birthday Party To Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dog From Dʀᴏᴡɴɪɴɢ In River

Man Leaves His Own Birthday Party To Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dog From Dʀᴏᴡɴɪɴɢ In River


When Gabe Castellanos, 38, woke up on the morning of his birthday, he had no idea that by the end of the day, he would be heralded as a hero in the media but that is exactly what happened.

Gabe was enjoying his outdoor birthday party near Nᴇᴡ Yᴏʀᴋ’s East River when a commotion from the water garnered his attention.  He looked toward the noise and realized that a black and white dog was struggling to stay afloat in the water.

Without hesitation, he immediately sᴛʀɪᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴅᴏᴡɴ, left his birthday party, and jumped into the water to Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ the sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ pup.



The dog, whose name is Harper, bit him on the hand and face since she was so frightened, but Castellanos didn’t let that slow him down. With blood dripping down his face, he kept his grip on the exhausted pup as he swam with her to shore.

Bystanders watching from the pier were in tears as they watched the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ unfold.

Once Castellanos and Harper got to the rocks, people helped lift them out of the water as a crowd of people cheered. Castellanos says he called upon ocean survival skills he learned in college to complete this Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. Even then, he did not escape ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ.  He has a ʙɪᴛᴇ on his hand, face, and the dog ᴋɴᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ him in the teeth so he now is undergoing ᴅᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ʀᴇᴘᴀɪʀ.

It’s safe to say that Castellanos is very selfless, leaving his own birthday party to save a pup in need.



As for Harper, thankfully she is okay and left the water with just a few minor ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs. She currently wears booties on all four feet until her ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs heal.

Her owner, Erin O’Donnell, says that Harper somehow ended up in the river after she ᴇsᴄᴀᴘᴇᴅ from a dog-walker who was hit by a car. She is extremely grateful for Castellanos’ heroic efforts.

Watch Gabe’s heroic actions in the video below along with interviews after the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ with Gabe and Harper’s human.


by:Inside Edition

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